The Minister of Health, Mr. Motlatsi Maqelepo on Thursday introduced three epidemiologists from Zimbabwe and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to strengthen the current team in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr. Maqelepo said the three doctors who include; Dr Hana Bekele, Dr Bula Bula and Dr Benjamin Mayasi are supported by the World Health Organisation (WHO), adding that the move to beef up the current team will enhance the fight  against the COVID-19 pandemic hence help Lesotho to provide more informed details on the virus.

He commented that assistance from these doctors will help in finding reasons leading to the increasing numbers of infections in each district, saying this will show a clear picture of what is happening hence provide informed decisions to curb the spread of the virus in the country.

The Minister remarked that Lesotho needs to increase capacity of testing for COVID-19 in order to identify people at risk. He further commended that if issues surrounding the pandemic are not handled properly there might be further increase in positive cases and deaths.

Speaking at the same occasion, WHO Country Representative, Dr Richard Banda noted that COVID-19 outbreak is far from over, adding that there is a room for the virus to continue spreading, urging Basotho to learn to live with the virus and help the health sector continue to deliver services.

He appealed to Basotho to be alert and respond to COVID-19 cases and avoid stigmatizing them, adding that there is need for continued education on the virus. He stressed that by conforming to public health measures, Lesotho can suppress the virus.

The latest report on COVID-19 shows that Lesotho has conducted 5,206 tests, registered 50 new cases,  bringing the total to 184, new six recoveries increasing the total recoveries to 26 and one death.

Source: LENA 09/07/2020

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